Path 8 - Provide individualized support for secondary school students

Beginning secondary school is a crucial step in the educational paths of all students. The challenge is even greater for those who have experienced difficulties in elementary school.

Among all students who have repeated a year of elementary school, only one third will persevere until they earn a secondary school diploma or other qualifications. Support measures and personalized follow-up are therefore necessary as soon as students enter secondary school.

Welcoming students to secondary school

Principals of elementary and secondary schools will ensure that the teaching personnel of Secondary I have all the necessary information to welcome and provide appropriate guidance for all students indicated as having a learning delay in their file. Different methods may be used for this purpose, such as holding meetings between elementary school homeroom teachers and secondary school teachers.

Quick action

The École secondaire Samuel-De Champlain of the Commission scolaire des Premières-Seigneuries has started a project, À vos marques, which pairs Secondary Cycle One students with an academic delay with a “life mentor” (a teacher, a professional or a member of the support staff) who will help them become involved in activities and encourage them to surpass themselves.

A systematic identification of students with difficulties will be carried out by teachers of Secondary I and II, based on the results recorded in the second report card.

Students with learning delays may also be offered activities to support their success, such as mentoring, tutoring or peer assistance.

As required, the school principal will develop an individualized education plan with the cooperation of the parents, student and personnel concerned. The principal will follow this plan scrupulously and renew it at regular intervals.

The importance of early screening has been proven. MEES will reinforce its partnership with the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux. Each school board will evaluate and strengthen its links with the health and social services agency in its territory in order to ensure the complementarity of services to students with handicaps or learning difficulties in its schools. 

Additional resource teachers

The number of resource teachers will be increased during the 2010-2011 school year, rising from 600 to 800, and their mandate will be redefined. These additional resources will enable schools to offer personalized support for every student who enters secondary school with a year’s delay.

The main tasks of resource teachers are:

  • to provide academic monitoring for these students every week;
  • to support them in various aspects of their school life;
  • to work in collaboration with other teachers and other professionals involved, according to the student’s needs.

The École secondaire Samuel-De Champlain of the Commission scolaire des Premières-Seigneuries has started a project, À vos marques, which pairs Secondary Cycle One students with an academic delay with a “life mentor” (a teacher, a professional or a member of the support staff) who will help them become involved in activities and encourage them to surpass themselves.

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